Alpe d’Huez -Epic Rides
To cycle, Alpe d’Huez is to conquer cycling’s most famous mountain: the Alpe d’Huez cycling climb is the most famous climb the sport has. The 21 bends that wiggle up the Alpe d’Huez climb are instantly recognizable and have been responsible for shaping the outcome of the Tour de France more often than perhaps any other. For that, if nothing else, cycling Alpe d’Huez is a must-do ride for most serious road cyclists. Cycling Alpe D’Huez: HIGHLIGHTS Riding Alpe d’Huez and conquering it! It’s been in over 25 Tour de France stages; climbing it brings you closer to the sport. It also makes you realize the unbelievable strength it takes to be a Tour de France champion. Climbing Alpe d’Huez: what to expect; 1. Base to La Garde: first 6 bends, bends 21-16 Look out for the “Depart, KM 0” tombstone by the side of the road: it’s a couple of kilometers outside town, just before the turn onto the first ramp up. The first six bends up to La Garde are the toughest of the mountain, averaging around 11%. Our advice: don’t push it too hard here or you’ll blow up later. 2. La Garde to Huez: middle 10 bends, bends 15-6 After a brief 200m respite from the harsh gradients as you ride through La Garde, it’s up past the monument dedicated to Joachim Agostino at bend 14 and onto a string of corners before you reach the church of Saint-Ferréol. Gradients in this section are still a hefty old 8-9% but they’ll feel easier than the first bends. The next step is through Huez village. 3. Huez to Tour de France finish: last 5 bends, bends 5-0 As you head out of Huez village, be prepared for a series of stinging bends that are as difficult as the first on the mountain. It’s only in the last three kilometers that you find some respite with average gradients of 5-6%.